Traditional pest management practices
The traditional pest management solution for most growers is based on the premise that "when in doubt, spray," and they often spray with conventional insecticides. Frequently, treatments are scheduled on a calendar basis and deployed independent of the pest's presence in the field. Five key problems have been associated with this constant misuse and overuse of conventional insecticides to control insect pests:
ISCA's development of environmentally friendly, natural and pheromone based tools and solutions for agricultural and urban applications provide a complete solution to these traditional insecticide related problems.
ISCA Technologies, Inc. (Riverside, CA) is a successful corporation whose mission is to protect the world from damaging insects and disease causing pathogens, by developing tools and solutions that are economical, effective and ecologically friendly. Its product range comprises more than 300 species specific insect lures (made with nature identical semiochemicals such as pheromones and natural attractants), more than 20 different types of insect traps, proprietary semiochemical controlled release technologies such as SPLATTM (Specialized Pheromone & Lure Application Technology), and a range of novel pest management tools (such as bio-functionalized nanosensors for the detection of plant pathogens).
ISCA's commercialization record
ISCA has a strong track record of developing, manufacturing and successfully commercializing pest management tools and solutions. With ISCA’s outstanding insect chemical ecology, synthesis and analysis capabilities, it is the world’s sole or largest commercial source for many difficult to synthesize insect pheromones.
ISCA's research & development record
ISCA is heavily involved with contract and in-house biological/entomological research and development. It has a multi-disciplinary team of highly specialized researchers: entomologists, biologists, chemical ecologists, organic and analytical chemists, engineers and information technologists, who have ample experience with integrated pest management (IPM), insect trap development, insect pest monitoring programs and monitoring technology, and insect behavioral assays. Some of ISCA’s facilities include a state-of-the-art semiochemical synthesis and analysis lab; a range of insect testing facilities (e.g. insect wind tunnel and insect testing rooms) for behavioral assays; and production and warehouse facilities both in the US and Brazil. ISCA's team of researchers is constantly working together to develop innovative, environmentally friendly and cost-effective IPM tools and solutions.
ISCA's contribution to a better and safer world
Global losses caused by pests account for approximately 30-40% of potential food, fiber, and feed production worldwide, with substantially higher losses in many developing countries. These losses are estimated to be US$300 billion annually. For a better and safer world, ISCA shares a commitment and responsibility to reduce the staggering human suffering and economic losses caused by pests. -